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Aug 2017

MARGARET KAY AND MICHAEL SMART, AUSTRALIA, THE CLASSIC MEKONG, AUG 2017

We had a fantastic trip from Siem Reap to Saigon. Not only interesting but also wonderful to visit local villages and get a glimpse of real life of Cambodian and Vietnamese people. We particularly liked that Pandaw shares the tourism wealth with these small communities.

Margaret Kay and Michael Smart on The Classic Mekong River Cruise

The ship was extremely comfortable and staff attentive and gorgeous. My only suggestion is that you provide a map showing the route of the cruise and the stops made. An espresso coffee machine would also be welcome!

Mar 2017

DAWN CLARKE, UK, THE MIGHTY BRAHMAPUTRA RIVER, NOV 2016

Sailing up the mighty Brahmaputra River in North India with Pandaw River Cruises was a truly amazing adventure. I had always dreamed of seeing the real India and when we saw this opportunity to explore the Assam region by boat we couldn't resist.

The ship itself was wonderful - a real floating hotel. The cabins were beautifully appointed and spotless (I'd recommend a balcony birth so you can watch the ever-changing scenery slip by and enjoy an evening cocktail as the sun set) the crew were superb and really looked after us. The food was delicious with a great range of both western and Indian delicacies. Dinner was a very social affair we made some great friends and had many laughs with our fellow passengers.

Dawn Clarke and husband/partner Brahmaputra River Cruise

What really set this trip apart was the sense of discovery. Every morning we woke up to watch the majestic river reveal new landscapes. Our itinerary was jammed packed with the most amazing experiences. Everyday we had excursions to temples, local villages and tea plantations. I have to make a special mention of Venkatesh, our resident naturalist, historian and all round lovely guy. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of the animals, birds and plant life and was always fascinating to talk with. When we visited temples, he could describe in detail the symbolism, spiritualism and beliefs. Every evening we were treated to talks on the wildlife and could watch the amazing sunsets from the 360- degree sundeck. One evening we disembarked to a deserted island to enjoy a bonfire barbeque and cocktails under the starlight sky.

The highlights of the trip had to be the two safaris to Kaziranga National Park. The first was by jeep which allowed us to cover a lot of ground and see as much of the abundant wildlife, culminating at sunset with a stunning view of the animals gathered at a watering hole. Our second was on elephant back which allowed us to get really close to the wildlife. At one point we were within feet of a basking Rhino, a truly amazing sight.

Dawn Clarke and husband/partner India River Cruise

Sailing with Pandaw is more than just a holiday it's a truly unique and immersive experience, a trip of a lifetime. If you're interested in getting off the beaten track and seeing slices of life that the regular tourism would miss out on then this is the trip for you. It was an unforgettable journey and I can't recommend it enough.

Dawn Clarke and husband/partner

Mar 2017

RT, MANDALAY PAGAN PACKET, FEB 2017

I have just returned from a cruise on Kalaw Pandaw from Mandalay to Bagan with 17 other single people. I would just like to say how much we all enjoyed the time on (and off) the boat. The crew could not have been more friendly and helpful, the food better or the boat cleaner.

On boarding we were told "welcome to your second home", and that is indeed how it felt. The company is to be congratulated on its achievement in building such lovely traditional craft, and encouraging an atmosphere on board from a happy crew making a cruise such a lovely restful and interesting experience.

Don't change a thing,
Kind regards
RT

Feb 2017

ANGELA OCONNELL, UK, PAGAN AND THE UPPER IRRAWADDY, JAN 2017

We have just returned from our 10-day river cruise on the Irrawaddy (15-25 January 2016). It's the third Pandaw river cruise we have been on and it was fabulous in every way. From Jimmy (the purser) announcing "Good morning ladies and gentlemen, mingalaba, mingalaba" to the wonderful food, to the fascinating itinerary and visits to small, remote villages which were all superbly run by our guide Brian. The staff were amazing and thought of everything to make our trip even more special. It seemed like nothing was too much trouble for them and the beach party on a sandbank was one of many highlights. Our trip was perfect in every way and we will certainly do more.

Angela O'Connell Pagan and the Upper Irrawaddy Burma River Cruise

Thank you so much
Angela O'Connell

Jan 2017

VIVIENNE BOURKE, HONG KONG, THE CLASSIC MEKONG, DEC 2016

I just wanted to say how much we enjoyed the cruise, the food, the cocktails and the company of our fellow travellers and the staff.

We enjoyed the excursions, which were well designed and not too long, given the heat on some days. Just right! The visit to the school was amazing and the children joined in enthusiastically.

The Classic Mekong River Cruise

Wishing everyone at Pandaw a Happy New Year.

Vivienne Bourke

Dec 2016

VIRGINIA SANDEN, USA, PAGAN & THE UPPER IRRAWADDY, OCT 2016

I just wanted to commend the extraordinary crew of the Kha Byoo during our 10-day trip from 7th October to the upper reaches of the Irrawaddy and the town of Katha, home to George Orwell.

This was my third trip to Burma and my second trip with Pandaw - I am a believer! The boats, the staff, the food, the destination - all absolute perfection. I would particularly like to thank Tun Tun Lin our Purser, Saw Yan Naing (Mai) our bartender/waiter and Kaung Htet (waiter) and Han Shwe Mint (waiter). They are a dream team and clearly enjoy working together - this is reflected in just how well they look after their guests. The chef was outstanding and the food magnificent.

Pagan & The Upper Irrawaddy River Cruise

There aren't enough superlatives to describe this marvellous trip. Thank you Pandaw!

I hope to be back onboard soon.
Virginia Sanden

Dec 2016

HANS AND BRITA NAUMAN, SWEDEN, THE LAOS MEKONG, NOV 2016

This was the third trip, having previously enjoyed seeing Cambodia/Vietnam and Burma with Pandaw. As before all components of our travel were very well taken care of; just so you feel at home.

We were impressed by how the Captain steered the big boat between the rocks and strong currents with great skill. I had a sore back for a few days, but the staff quickly gave me ointment for my sciatica and I recovered in a day. The little downside on this trip was that they were apparently short of an extra guide, which made it a bit brief on information during some excursions. We thoroughly recommend the Pre-Cruise Extensions to Plain of Jars as it is a fantastic tour and it was very interesting.

Plain of Jars, sister ships Champa and Laos Pandaw moored together and the other of misty mountains near Pak ou Buddha caves

We have provided three images, one from the Plain of Jars, sister ships Champa and Laos Pandaw moored together and the other of misty mountains near Pak ou Buddha caves. To photograph it was unfortunately a bit rainy and foggy at times.

Best Regards
Hans and Brita Nauman
Sweden

Feb 2016

GERRY MARTIN, CANADA, THE GOLDEN LAND, FEB 2016

Dear Mr. Strachan

My wife and I were on The New Golden Land cruise from February 24 to March 5 sailing from Mandalay to Yangon and the trip was exceptional. Ive written a review on TripAdvisor and won’t repeat that here but I do want to compliment to you the on board staff and the guides. High level excellence all the way around. Thanks to you and Pandaw for a wonderful trip.

Gerry Martin
Terrace, British Columbia
Canada

Aug 2015

BILL PAGE, MANDALAY PAGAN PACKET, AUG 2015

I would like to thank Pandaw for an excellent experience on my recent cruise from Mandalay to Bagan, the staff and crew were a credit to your company. The guide, San, really made our trip with his detailed knowledge of Myanmar. I shall be travelling again with Pandaw next year and will certainly pass on tales of my very pleasant cruise to all my friends. Thank you Bill Page

Oct 2014

TOP UK CRUISE JOURNALIST, JANE ARCHER, TRAVELLED ON THE MV MAHABAAHU IN APRIL 2014 AND REMARKED:

Everything about the Brahmaputra cruise on the Mahabaahu was so exciting. We visited Hindu temples, remote villages, and ancient monuments, went on a dawn safari on elephant back in search of rhino and even saw a Bengal tiger. And then there is the river itself – blazing such a trail through Assam that the scenery changes by the hour. What an amazing week.